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Blame Technology for Your Failed Relationships

business meeting distraction.jpg.jpgBack in 1975, singer-songwriter Paul Simon told us there must be 50 ways to leave your lover. But that was before we all had perpetual connectivity to every person, place and thing we ever knew or imagined through smartphones, tablets and other assorted Internet-connected devices.

Now there are plenty of new ways to leave your lover, as well as your friends, relatives, co-workers, customers and business associates. Just take a phone call in the middle of a meeting, text a friend during an intimate dinner or update your social media profile in the middle of a customer service interaction.

These random Electronic Displays of Insensitivity (EDIs) take a big toll on relationships, said David Maxfield, co-author of new research on Digital Divisiveness. "Maybe it's time to change our behavior," he said.

Internet of Things Growing Faster than Smartphones, Tablets, PCs Combined

While the exact form of the Internet of Things (IoT) is still nebulous, its size is not. According to new research from Gartner, it will include 26 billion units — excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones — by 2020. It will also have a global economic value of $1.9 trillion. 

Mobile Connections in 2014: Flexible Smartphones, Other Technologies

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Mobile commerce has gone from a theoretical possibility to a practical imperative. Marketers don't have to look any further than the statistics from Black Friday to understand that.

But how you reach your customer on their smartphones is an ever changing game. Asian device makers are throwing curve balls with a flexible smartphone from LG headed west in 2014. That's just one of the new technologies — and questions — to consider.

Will Amazon's Fire smartphone finally burn bright? What crowd-funded gadgets could influence the market? And who will challenge Samsung as the dominant manufacturer?

Game Consoles, 3D Printers Top Holiday Shopping Lists

holidaypresents.jpgWith Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales looming, new super-powerful game consoles — the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One — appear to be the hot tickets this year.

But from affordable 3D printers to tiny and low-cost smart-TV adaptors, there's something for every budget in this most bountiful of selling seasons. 

Nokia Back in Smartphone Game with 8.8 Million Units Sold in Q3

Customer Experience, Mobile, Nokia Back in Smartphone Game with $8.8M Quarterly SalesNokia's play to stay in the smartphone game is paying off as buyers flock to its wide range of Windows Phone 8 devices packing great camera technology. 

With its upcoming acquisition by Microsoft, the $7.2  billion deal looks to be a good value with sales increasing by a million per quarter and some hot new models on the way. 

Google Nexus 5 Looking All White, Phone Just Days from Release

nexus5_300.jpgWe've already seen the the Nexus 5 phone in black, thanks to leaks last week from Google. Now images are floating around of the phone stylish white, with the chatter coalescing around a Nov. 1 release date. More scurrilous chatter also suggests a full-size tablet, a Nexus 10 model, is also on the way.

Meanwhile, LG has shown off another curved smartphone for Korean users, suggesting that curved will be an option in most price ranges next year.

Free Wi-Fi Could Boost Retail Sales, Survey Shows

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There's no doubt mobile in the marketplace influences the way consumers shop. Whether they are using their smartphone to compare prices or pulling out tablets to access coupons and retail discounts, consumers are increasingly incorporating mobile devices into their shopping experiences.

However, using mobile devices in stores can present challenges, especially when the Wi-Fi signal is weak or nonexistent. So what effects does the availability of Wi-Fi have on the customer experience?

Android TV to Replace Google TV in Battle For the Smart Set

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While smartphones and tablets have exploded, the smart TV concept has struggled. Sure, people are buying sets, but those extra features and apps have been overlooked thanks to niche stores, complex menus and other customer experience issues. With an upcoming war against Apple and Microsoft, Google is changing its own game. 

iOS 7.0.2 Goes Live to Close the Passcode Bypass

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A modest iOS update follows in the wake of all last week's hoopla, fixing some of the more glaring security issues with Apple's new smartphone operating system. 

Thumbs Up for the New iPhone 5S, What Else Will Apple Unveil?

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All the latest chatter points to fingerprint or some biometric recognition being the big feature, alongside iOS 7, in an otherwise bland update to the iPhone range. Is that, and the budget iPhone 5C model enough to get anyone excited?

IDC: Smartphones Ship A Billion Units, Microsoft to See Maker Interest Decline

IDC: Smartphones Ship A Billion Units,  Microsoft to See Maker Interest Decline

Mobile phones of all kinds are rebounding, with strong growth in 2013 and with smartphone shipments exceeding one billion units for the first time in a single year. Windows Phone is solidifying its third-place position among mobile operating systems, even as non-Microsoft handset makers will likely become less interested. Those are key takeaways in the new mobile phone market forecast from industry research firm IDC. 

Facebook Helps Launch Internet.org to Offer Global Internet and Mobile Access

internetorg.jpgFacebook and a host of mobile partners are trying to promote Internet access for all through improved connectivity, mobility and devices. Is that a noble plan, or a marketing scheme in disguise, destined to fail among a world of vested interests? 

BlackBerry Z30 Superphone Leaked in Video

Amid signs the company is looking for a buyer, BlackBerry's next big thing has been given an early airing via a lengthy video. While the Z30 might not save the company, it looks like a great swan-song device, with the size and styling of the current top Android devices.

Samsung Dominates In Smartphones but Market Share is Falling

Samsung's market share is pretty much out of reach now, with its huge device range, but Apple's profits remain untouchable, even as the little guys start to crank up the sales. 

Chromecast Gives Google A Second Chance at Web TV Domination

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Somewhere between a WiFi TV antenna and a smartphone/tablet extender, Google's new Chromecast dongle aims to provide a Web link to non-smart enabled sets and an easy link for Android devices to share content across screens. 

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